Leah, the forsaken

Event Information

Venue(s):
Niblo's Garden

Conductor(s):
Harvey Bradley Dodworth

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information

Status:
Published

Last Updated:
14 August 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Jan 1863, Evening
20 Jan 1863, Evening
21 Jan 1863, Evening
22 Jan 1863, Evening
23 Jan 1863, Evening
24 Jan 1863, Evening

Program Details



Performers and/or Works Performed

1)
aka Leah, a Jewish maiden
Text Author: Daly [dramatist]
Participants:  Kate Bateman

Citations

1)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 January 1863, 7.
2)
Announcement: New York Herald, 12 January 1863, 3.
3)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 12 January 1863, 7.
4)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 18 January 1863, 7.
“ENTIRELY ORIGINAL MUSIC, composed by Mr. ROBERT STOEPEL. Musical Conductor – Mr. HARVEY B. DODWORTH.”
5)
Announcement: New York Herald, 19 January 1863, 2.
“Mr. Robert Stoepel has written the descriptive music.”
6)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 19 January 1863, 7.
7)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 January 1863, 7.
“Arranged from the German of Mosenthal expressly for Mrs. Bateman.”
8)
Review: New York Herald, 20 January 1863, 5.

Synopsis of the plot.  “Bateman made her rentree, after a long absence from the city. . . .

        . . . In the original the piece is written in blank verse, and is both powerfully and poetically arranged.  In the translation the language is often poverty-stricken and the effects mangled.  The idea of the translator seems to have been to manufacture a melodrama out of Mosenthal’s materials.  The result is a dramatic hash, in which there is much to admire – that is Mosenthal’s – and much to despise – that is, the translator’s.”

9)
Review: New-York Times, 20 January 1863, 4.

“. . . Some effective and appropriate musical morceaux have been written by Mr. Robert Stoepel, and contribute in a large measure to the completeness of the production.”

10)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 January 1863, 7.
“Entirely Original Music, composed by Mr. Robert Stoepel.”
11)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 24 January 1863, 7.
12)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 24 January 1863, 7.
13)
Review: New York Herald, 26 January 1863, 8.

“The sensation of the past week has been . . . ‘Leah, the Forsaken.’  The theatre has been crowded every evening during the week, and all the reserved seats are bought up for two days in advance. . . .

          . . . Mr. Robert Stoepel’s quaintly descriptive music, and the fine situations in the third and fourth acts, give the piece its temporary success.”

14)
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 26 January 1863, 3.
“The engagement of Miss Bateman at Niblo’s Garden has opened even more successfully than any of Mr. Wheatley’s other prosperous enterprises this season. The houses last week were not at all diminished by the unfavorable weather of several evenings, and toward the close, increased almost beyond precedent.”